Zuma Japanese Restaurant - NY

4.6
962 reviews
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Zuma, the brainchild of award winning co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, brings its internationally acclaimed style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to midtown, New York.

Serving dishes designed to share and inspired by the informal dining style of izakaya; the three kitchens present authentic yet alluring options, with bold flavors and simple presentation, highlighting quality ingredients.
261 Madison Avenue 10016
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food good atmosphere a bit noisy great vibes

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N
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. As always great food. Everything is fresh and uniquely flavorful. Chile flavored sliced steak, wasabi Chilean sea bass were outstanding. Dessert platter for birthday celebration is beautiful and delicious. Service is attentive. Great energy in the room.
The only issue is we waited 45 mins for our table.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I had to wait for more than 35 minutes for my table waiting in completely out crowded bar being pushed like traveling in rush hour in the train. They apologized but I was in a bad mood that free edamame didn’t suffice

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Denver
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely environment great food but the servers are slow and sloppy

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FD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Starting to feel like a Las Vegas eatery. Too crowded, too loud, assembly line feel throughout the meal. This experience is magnified when you have a hard time discerning which person is your waiter. It is very telling when you find your favorite wine on the list and the price point is so inflated you feel it should come with a private table at your favorite night club. There is no reason to mark up certain vintages to ludicrous levels other than to hope that someone pays it to impress. Pure money grab that tells volumes about management decisions. Otherwise, beautiful space that was once a favorite. Friendly and efficient staff.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espectacular

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!

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DQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We made reservations one week in advance for a table for 2 and the day before the reservations I get a call that my reservation can only be confirmed for a counter not a table. Terrible last minute change.

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was great. Only thing we were told we were in main dining room and we wound up being upstairs by ourselves.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!!!
The Salomon it was amazing.
And the corn better than everything

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation but despite that they made us wait 15 minutes at the door to stand up. the waiter was wrong and put on the table a plate that we had not ordered, when we told him that we had asked for that he put a nasty face of annoyance. Otherwise everything very well. the food great. Too much noise but I guess it's normal in a restaurant like this.

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A
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurants used to be Zuma / Roka London, no longer, Zuma New York is in a league of its own, food was exceptional as was the service from genuinely friendly staff who know their product. Great decor too

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SM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience in NYC

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was definitely lacking this time around. The order kept getting mixed up and we didn't receive many items. Food was good but some of the sashimi was a little mushy and not as fresh as it should have been. Overall I would hesitate to come back to this location again.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe! Fab food, amazing drinks and incredible service! What more could you want?!?

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, food !! Really like Zuma, been in Zuma London, Miami, Las Vegas, always a lovely food!!!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Slow service after the entrees were served.

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was outstanding, but service tried bringing the wrong food several times and messed up order not bringing out an item and the food came out at different times so we had to wait for 15-20 minutes from when the 1st of our party got her entree to when the 4th of our party got his entree.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Had to wait for our table for 45 minutes.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved everything we had except for the toro rolls. They were mushy and watery, lacked flavor and were not worth the money. Overall a wonderful experience, just hope they improve the toro or remove from menu.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, I went there with my husband for my birthday . The food was good , excellent service good drinks , overall a good experience, just a bit pricey

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Some of the appetizer were dry over cooked Ex calamari. Chicken wings and prawns
Main course was great. Cod
Drinks were terrible smoked whisky and lycee martini.
The Vegas location was 100 percent better be than the NY location

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant. lots of staff members however our main waiter was very pushy in making us order quickly and trying to get us to purchase the highest priced items as his recommendations. my water was never refilled throughout the night. our 2nd round of drinks took 15 minutes to arrive (it was 4 beers). Ambience was solid. food had its hits and misses but no item was Wow

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ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is the best Tartare I've ever had. All the food was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Regardless of having a reservation, every single time I’ve gone to this restaurant I have waited at the bar for my table for at the least 20 minutes, past my res time. Unacceptable for the prices you pay here and you can tell that it’s run poorly by a bunch of young people.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful. The staff was tremendous. The food and drink was by far one of my favorite Japanese tasting experiences.

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MM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderfully romantic restaurant that has a cozy feeling, despite its size. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. I highly recommend that you give it a try.

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London
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well Zuma reliable as ever. A business dinner this time. Was a bit expensive 870 dollars for 3 but well worth it as always.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and food, but service attention a bit slow

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never fails to keep me coming back

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Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful find in the busy city. Food, Sushi, Sashimi, Wagyu all superbly prepared. The pace of each item was excellent .. nothing came out too fast nor slow. Service was exceptional by Valerie. Will return.

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1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Me and my friends went to Zuma, at the door we got attitude for no reason, We did not feel welcome there. Food was Ok.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

They did not take i to consideration put dietary recommendations. Also, having tried London Dubai and Abu Dhabi branches I have to say this was my least favorite.

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IC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF DINING WITH MY NIECE AT ZUMA IN NYC ON MADISON AVENUE THIS PAST SATURDAY, MARCH 16. EVERYTHING FROM START TO FINSIH WAS AMAZING!! THE HOSTESS SAT US AT A LOVELY TABLE. OUR WAITER WAS VERY NICE AND WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE MENU. HE RECOMMENDED A FEW DISHES THAT UNLESS TOLD, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER ORDERED ON OUR OWN. MY NIECE IS 15 AND FELT VERY GROWN UP ORDERING A MOCK COCKTAIL AND TRYING NEW SOPHISTICATED AND FUN DISHES IN A VERY MODERN, COOL, & SLEEK ATMOSPHERE! THE DESSERTS WERE FABULOUS AS WELL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING DISHES: THE ROCK SHRIMP, THE SHISHITO PEPPERS, THE SPICY TUNA ROLL, THE TOFU SALAD, THE WASABE CHICKEN ENTREE, AND THE BANANA-GREEN TEA CAKE & THE DECADENT CHOCOLATE SOUFLE! THANK YOU ZUMA! CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, exceptional food, chic and at the same time kids friendly. Very rare combination.

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DT
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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KD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi and phenomenal service at a business lunch price.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The front of house staff couldn’t have been ruder. Upstairs crew tried to be more accommodating . Was sat 35 min after reservation time. Wait staff was incredibly nice at table. Will not return

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice atmosphere and delicious food

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as per usual. Do the tasting menu!

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